Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took on the George Zimmerman verdict on Monday and gave the most obnoxious analysis of the high-profile court case that sparked a national debate on race and guns.
A Florida jury on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Following the court’s ruling, people against the verdict came out on the streets in different parts of the country demanding justice for the slain teen. A couple of violent protests were also witnessed to which O’Reilly referred to on his show The O’Reilly Factor.
He said that those who are upset by the jury’s decision could either be those who hated America or those who suffered from a victim mentality.
“So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,” O’Reilly said. “Talking Points believes that’s dishonest. America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy,”
“Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist,” O’Reilly continued. “That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system, or the social system.”
These are indeed dangerous words since hundreds of protesters across the United States are of the opinion that the Zimmerman verdict was unfair. Is Bill O’Reilly trying to put “all” of these people in the two categories he mentioned? What the host’s analysis is logically implying isn’t pretty. Maybe he should reconsider and speak again.